It has been several months since I attended a small groups conference sponsored by Saddleback, but I took an opportunity today to look back at some of the ideas that I thought were most “counter-(church)cultural.” Here’s one that sticks out:
Good Enough, not Perfection
Our small-group ministry strives to be effective, not excellent. We’ve made our biggest strides by pulling the trigger on ideas at the right moment, not by over-thinking every possible scenario that could go wrong. I love the passage of Scripture found in Ecclesiastes 11:4: “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done” (NLT). We don’t make excellence an idol, and we are not idle because we’re waiting for perfection! God wants us to be good stewards of our resources, not good stoppers of every idea.
You can read more about it in this article: http://smallgroups.com/articles/2008/thesaddlebacksmallgroupdifference.html
Have you found this principle to be true in your own small group life? I’d love to hear your thoughts!